CHICAGO — Salads are available at McDonald's again after the company voluntarily stopped selling them earlier this month when an intestinal parasite was linked to them.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has logged 458 reported cases of cyclosporiasis in the state, 178 of which have been linked to McDonald's salads, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. In another outbreak of cyclosporiasis, 135 cases were linked to a private event at Evanston Golf Club in Skokie, although the source is unknown.
McDonald's said in a statement that it began removing the salads from the restaurants July 12 and has resupplied 3,000 restaurants in 14 states, including Illinois, from a different supplier.
"When we got word from the Illinois Department of Health, we immediately began taking steps to stop selling salads in the impacted restaurants," McDonald"s spokeswoman Terri Hickey said Tuesday.
Not every restaurant in the affected states used the lettuce supplier linked to with the outbreak, Hickey said.
Meanwhile, the Illinois Department of Public Health is continuing its investigation into the source of the outbreak.
Symptoms include diarrhea, loss of appetite, cramping and gas, nausea, fatigue and a low-grade fever and may begin up to two weeks after exposure. People can become infected by consuming food or water contaminated with feces that contains the parasite. Cyclospora is not spread directly from one person or another. The illness can be treated with antibiotics.
The Belleville News-Democrat contributed.